Sudan – Protests Continue Under State Of Emergency
This week hundreds have taken to the streets in Sudan as protests against the incumbent government led by President Omar al-Bashir continue.
In power since a 1989 military coup, President Omar al-Bashir has come under pressure to step down after protests began in December of last year. While the President has recently agreed to engage the opposition, the opposition has rejected his offer. The country remains under a state of emergency declared last month.
Protestors have been dispersed by the security forces using tear gas and batons. Live ammunition has also been used. While officials have put fatalities at 33 since unrest began, activists claim the actual number is much higher.
Recent estimates put the number detained at 1,000, with rights groups claiming more than 40 citizens have been killed at the hands of the security forces.